Ok guys, I've finally got some time to give a detailed description of my experience with this PC. I'll break it down part by part.
CPU: I can't say much about the CPU because I am no CPU expert, but I do know that it is top of the line for its price point and it is definitely performing that way!
CPU Cooler: Again, a top of the line air cooler that I haven't used yet to its full potential (I only have the turbo clock going ATM). I will definitely put this cooler into effect with a better overclock when required.
Motherboard: Great quality mobo with the right amount of features that I need. Very easy to build with and no wasted features with this board.
Memory: Got a great deal on these DIMMs as they were regular $64.99 (In Canada). They seem to be performing well and I have no complaints about them!
HDD: There are many debates about whether WD or Seagate makes better HDDs, but my caviar blue has been treating me well with pretty fast boot and load times for a hard drive. If I were to build this computer again, I would have opted for a caviar black instead of a blue for that extra performance.
Video Card: I consider this part to be the gem of the build. It tears up any game on max settings at 1080p and won't go beyond 70 degrees. the only concern I have with this video card is the idle temp of 35 degrees which scares me a bit. If someone in the comments could confirm this is normal that would be great!!
Case: The case is a good one for any kind of build whether it's a mATX build or an ATX build. The cable management holes are great and it is nice that they also preinstall the motherboard standoffs for you.
PSU: My least favourite part. I am a bit of an audiophile, and I feel that this PSU is pretty loud. Also it is non modular which is a pain to manage the cables as you can see at the bottom of the case. Looking back on it, I could have got a modular power supply of equal wattage or more for the same price, but I'll live it.
Optical Drive: Not much to say here except that this thing is loud as hell. Good thing I only had to use it to install the operating system!! =D
Cathodes: They are the cheapo ones from Logisys, but they do look pretty sweet!!
Overall this system took 3 and a half hours to build which I don't consider that bad for a first build and I had lots of fun doing it. Future upgrade will include an SSD for ultra fast boot and load times, and possibly another video card for crossfire.
Thanks for reading! hopefully you enjoy my build!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$214.97 CAD|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$29.99 CAD|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155||$114.99 CAD|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$54.99 CAD|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$69.99 CAD|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB||$309.99 CAD|
|Case||Corsair Vengeance C70 (White) ATX Mid Tower||$99.99 CAD|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$75.99 CAD|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.99 CAD|
|Total (Canada):||$987.89 CAD|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||70.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P7928|